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Ghostly Bat and Cat Cookies

Start a new Halloween tradition this year: Bake chocolate cookies cut into the shapes of ghostly bats and cats.

  • prep: 35 mins
    total time: 2 hours
  • yield: Makes 40 to 50

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling and cutting out dough
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Small candies or sprinkles, for decorating (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg. On low speed, mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half, and form into 2 disks, each about 3/4 inch thick. Wrap disks in plastic; chill until firm, at least 45 minutes and up to 2 days.

  3. Step 3

    On a lightly floured sheet of waxed paper, using a floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. (If dough becomes too soft to work with, refrigerate for a few minutes.)

  4. Step 4

    Using 2- to 3-inch Halloween cookie cutters, cut out shapes, dipping cutters in flour as necessary to prevent sticking; place on a baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.

  5. Step 5

    Bake until surface is dry to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes (if decorating, press candies into dough halfway through baking). Cool cookies 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to a rack to cool completely. Serve, or store in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Source
Everyday Food, 2006

Reviews (5)

  • 28 Oct, 2013

    I tried this recipe to take to a Halloween party. People started nibbling them and ended up finishing the whole thing! Yum!

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    These cookies are perfect for baking with kids. The dough is super easy to make and is forgiving when you re-roll. I ended up with extra dough after Halloween and I'm using it to make footballs and Double-Ts for watching the Red Raider football game.

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    I did add some frosting to decorate but they are also very good on there own. They turned out chewy and almost a bit brownie like! Great!

  • 19 Oct, 2008

    good basic cookie. needs frosting or it tastes a little bland. it's almost like a chocolate sugar cookie. mine were not chewy by any means, rather more of a crispy cookie.

  • 19 Oct, 2008

    good basic cookie. needs frosting or it tastes a little bland. it's almost like a chocolate sugar cookie. mine were not chewy by any means, rather more of a crispy cookie.